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PIR Professor named Academician of Social Science

Fiona Mackay's research and broader contributions recognised by Academy.

PIR is delighted to announce that Professor Fiona Mackay has been appointed an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.

The Academy is the voice of the social sciences in the UK. Academicians are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia, and the public and private sectors. Being an Academician means that a peer group has reviewed the standing and impact of one's work and found it worthy of conferment of the award. Those being awarded the title have typically contributed more broadly than the normal demands and expectations of their job.

Fiona's current research focuses on the impact of reform efforts during periods of restructuring and institutional change, addressing the extent to which global and local institutions of politics and governance may be designed/reformed to address gender inequality and promote gender justice. Her new study Early Days:Building UN Women examines the emergence and early years of the UN's new entity for gender equality. She is also mapping the impact of the abolition of the UK Women's National Commission on women's voice, coordinated working across the four nations, and access to government.

In addition to her academic work Fiona has served in numerous academic leadership roles, both inside the University and beyond it. For more on Fiona's activites, both current and past, click here.

PIR warmly congratulates Fiona on the conferment of this title.